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Florida shooting: Prosecutors seek death penalty for Nikolas Cruz

Florida shooting: Prosecutors seek death penalty for Nikolas Cruz

Nikolas Cruz appears in court for a status hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Rabbi Mendy Gutnik and Rabbi Shuey Biston pray with family and friends of those who were killed in a high school shooting that left 17 dead.

The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice Tuesday. A Broward grand jury last week indicted Cruz with an additional 17 counts of attempted murder.

The announcement came almost a week after Cruz was indicted by a grand jury on 34 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder for the February 14 massacre, which killed 17 people and injured the same number.




The attack, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is the deadliest U.S. school shooting since 2012.

Cruz is set to be formally arraigned on Wednesday.

Gordon Weekes, the Chief Assistant Public Defender, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Cruz and his defense attorneys are still prepared to make a plea deal.

The only other penalty option for Cruz is life in prison with no possibility of parole. While they continue to acknowledge that he carried out the rampage, they cannot plead guilty while Cruz could be sentenced to death, Finkelstein said Tuesday. His attorneys also offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence. "If we are not allowed to do so tomorrow, we will stand mute to the charges".


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